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The Music Managers Forum (MMF) have announced the appointment of Annabella Coldrick as their new Chief Executive effective 1st January 2016.

The MMF is the largest representative body of Artist Management in the world. They represent over 400 Artist Managers members in the UK, representing over 1,000 of the most successful acts worldwide. They are focusing more and more on providing a collective voice and giving real, meaningful value for our members and their artists. From helping to unlock investment and open up new markets to encouraging a fair and transparent business environment and driving a ‘global agenda’ in this digital age.

Coldrick brings a wealth of experience to the role having had a career encompassing advocacy in Brussels, commercial and public affairs with Cadbury, government communications at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Head of Public Affairs at Which? and, most recently, as Director of Policy and Research at the Design Council.

Current CEO Jon Webster will assume the role of President and commented “After 8 years at the MMF when we have grown substantially as an organisation, it is time to hand the baton to someone else. I am incredibly happy that we have found Annabella to fulfil that role. The issues facing managers and their artists require an injection of new skills as the legislative process that affects our businesses becomes worldwide, following the revolution that the internet has brought”.

On her appointment, Coldrick said: “Music production and consumption is fast evolving in the digital age and it is imperative that the voices of managers and artists are heard and actively listened to by governments and the industry. I’m really looking forward to taking up this challenge with Jon and the MMF team and to use my experience to further enhance MMF’s reputation as a critical partner in this debate.”

Co-Chairs Diane Wagg and Stephen Budd commented: “Webbo’s 8 year tenure has seen a total revamp of the MMF culminating in the publishing of the Dissecting the Digital Dollar report. Annabella’s appointment is a step forward to grow the influence of the MMF.  We look forward to working together to represent the interests of managers and artists worldwide”.